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as the pope makes a move unseen in 600 years. good afternoon. i'm tori campbell pope benedict xvi sent shock waves around the globe this morning. he announced he's going to resign at the end of the month, right in the middle of the holy see son the lent. ktvu's alex savidge -- season of lent. ktvu's alex savidge has more with this means to the catholics in the bay area. >> reporter: well, good afternoon. pope benedict xvi decided to step down, he said, because he just doesn't have the mental and physical strength to lead the catholic church at 85 years of age. parishioners here at st. mary's cathedral in san francisco, certainly caught offguard. many respect the decision. some believe he should have waited until after the easter holiday. the first pope to voluntarily resign in more than 700 years. pope benedict xvi made the stunning announcement this morning from the vatican. it came as a surprise even to his closest advisers. >> absolutely shocked. >> reporter: this was the reaction from the communications director at san francisco's catholic diocese. he says this -- he says this is a wise
. the first pope to do so in nearly 600 years. pope benedict says he's stepping down because of his age and diminishing strength. tara moriarty joins us now from san francisco with more on this mornings stunning announcement. tara. >> reporter: the vatican confirming the pope will resign february 28th. we are here at st. mary's cathedral. it's right across the street from the arch diocese. we should mention pope benedict is the first to step down in nearly 600 years. the 85-year-old announced his decision in latin this morning during a meeting of vatican cardinals. he emphasized carrying out the duties of pope the leader of a billion roman catholics requires stamina. something he is running out of. after repeatedly examing my congress before god i came to my strength and age are no longer suited for the ministry. he went on to say that strength of mind and body are necessary. strength with which in the last few months has deteriorated me to the extent i had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. the last pope to resign was gregory in 1415 he did
them as a group for the last time. at 8:00 this morning, pacific time, pope benedict xvi will get on a helicopter. he will fly to a retreat outside of rome. that's where he will officially resign later today. brian flow remembers joining us live at st. mary's cathedral in san francisco where a special mass will be held to thank benedict for his life of service. brian? >> reporter: hi, dave. yeah, a special mass indeed, good morning to you. several bay area catholics will be taking part in the thanksgiving masses this morning starting in about an hour here. we're live at st. mary's where one of the services will be held. it's unknown how many catholics will be attending. but the service is expected to give thanks to pope benedict's eight years as pope and pray for his help. the pope says he will offer unconditional reverence and obedience of his successor. cardinals are planning to meet next week to discuss a conclave to take place. there are many questions remaining on who the candidates are. for many catholics in the bay area, they have ideas who they would like to see as the nex
election as pope. pope benedict hoped to retire then and spend more time writing. he is a highly regarded scholar in theology. the retirement age for bishops is 75 and he submitted his resignation three times. the only reason he stayed at his post is because of pope john paul ii. he said quote strength of mind and body are necessary. strength which in the past few months has deteriorated. that i've had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted me. the 85-year-old's last day of pope will be february 28th. and the last time a pope resigned was nearly 600 years ago in 1415 when pope gregory stepped down. pope benedict was born in 1927 as joseph in germany. he was forced into hitlers youth at age 14. he served in the army but desserted and eventually captured by the americans. his decision sets the stage for a new pope to be elected before the end of march. and coming up later this morning. we hope to get reaction from the that catholic community especially in the light of the fact that ash wednesday is coming up in two days. and of course it's the most spiritual
may have come prior to his election in 2005. pope benedict xvi hoped to retire and write books. he's he's a highly regarded scholar in theology. he submitted his resignation three times. despite statements that he didn't have the mental and physical strength to go on, one parishioner said it was bad timing. >> i would have resigned after -- let's say after easter. this is the most highly, highly -- holy, holiday of the catholic church. >> reporter: the 85-year-old's last day of pope will be february 28th the last time a pope resigned was nearly 600 years ago, in 1415, when pope gregory stepped down in order to an end a civil war within the church. pope benedict xvi was born in 1927 as joseph ratzinger in germany he was forced into hitler's youth at age 14. he served in the army but deserted and was captured by the americans. we are hoping to speak from officials from the archdiocese this morning. we'll let you know what they have to say. live from san francisco, i'm tara moriarty, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you. >>> in overnight news, a crash in concord leaves one man with life-
. tori and dave? >> all right. thank you, pam. >>> we've learned what pope benedict xvi will be called when he officially retires. he will be known as a emeritus pope and will continue to wear right. when he steps down, he lob the first pontiff to do so in 600 years. cardinal levada leaves for the vatican today to help choose the new pope. he will be among the 117 cardinals voting on the replacement for pope benedict xvi. yesterday, he talked about some of the qualities he would be looking for in the next pope. >> a man of prayer, a man of peace, a person who has shown qualities of leadership either through his work in the nature of the archdiocese in the world or possibly through heading a department or perhaps more ideally a combination of those things. >> the cardinals hope to elect a new hope before the start of holy week which begins march 24th. the pope changed the rules of the conclave, a group of cardinals who will choose the new pope allowing them to move up the start date before the usual 15-day period between the start of the conclave. it was one of his last acts before step
. where scientists now say it came from. >>> with only who days left of pope benedict's reign we are getting information about what the future holds for him after he leaves. the cope will keep the name ben nick 16th and still addressed as his holiness once he retires. after he resigns he will no longer use the symbol of the pope. it will be destroyed along with benedict's seal after his departure. now, we also know that he will wear a very simple write robe without the customary red mantle. finally, his holiness is no longer going to be wearing red shoes. he will be trading these red shoes in for a pair of these brown shoes he received during a trip in mexico last year. >>> scientists in columbia have been closely examining the meteor and data. now they think they know where it came from. researchers have concluded that it was a chunk of rock from ancistroid. they say apollo -- asteroid. scientists say large apollos are significant risk to our planet and what happened 11 days ago was like a warning shot. >>> skin before a breast implant. why this new bay area-developed device may
,000 people are expected to attend marches nationwide. >> pope benedict the xvi announced his retirement. >> ♪ this is the second to last prayer before he steps down. that only attracts a few thousand people. today, as can you see there, 150,000 people showed up. benedict will retire on february 28th. the vatican said they will try to choose a new pope sooner than expected so a pope will be in place by holy week. >> they are considering landmark legislation on immigration reform. >> they have a draft proposal from the white house and allow illegal immigrants to become permanent residents within eight years. >> there are 11 million illegal immigrants and they could apply for a newly created is visa. and provide more security funding by the immigration status of the new hires. >> a woman is in the hospital after being hit by a muni bus. >> it happened yesterday afternoon at lake merced boulevard. and the person had serious injuries. the muni driver is undergoing standard drug and alcohol tests. >> they are missing so much work and costing the agency millions of dollars. the san francisco
benedict xvi changed the rules. under the old laws they would have to wait 15 days to pick a new one but under the new rules they can start as soon as they all arrive. that will give them more time to pick a new pope. >> the conclave will be short, one person. cardinal keith o'brien resigned. there are reports that his resignation follows accusation of inappropriate sexual behavior 30 years and he is recusing himself so that he won't taint the proceeding with scandal. >>> investigators are widening their search for a homicide in las vegas. police identified harris this weekend as the prime suspect. he is accused of firing into a car driven by kenneth carry, jr. he has an extensive criminal history. >>> the oyster farm involved in a battle with the government got a reprieve and can stay open for now. the court granted a motion for an emergency injunction, that will allow them to remain open while the appeal is considered. they lost their lease in november after he said its operation was environmentally harmful. >> president obama today continued to push congress to reverse the automat
this morning, pope benedict xvi made his first public appearance since announcing he's resigning as head of the catholic church. [ cheers ] >> now, the pope received a standing ovation as he entered a packed capitol celebrate ash wednesday at the vatican. he told the congregation he's stepping down for the good of the church. he cited his frail health. ash wednesday marks the beginning of lent. the catholic church plans to have a new hope in place by easter, the end of lent. >>> well, back here at home, san francisco is selling the naming rights to port properties. it's a fund-raising pitch to help pay for the yacht race. they may be able to sponsor some of the san francisco port properties in order to cover their costs. the city, by the way, is on the hook for as much as $32 million. >>> 7:38. the bay bridge toll authority could approve funding today for a big celebration for the opening of the new eastern span of the new bay bridge. the plan calls for a one-way bridge walk on labor day weekend. there's also talk of a half marathon, fireworks and even a concert. the party would cost $5.
benedict made his first public appearance since announcing he is stepping down as leader of the catholic church. the pope received a standing ovation as he entered a packed chapel to celebrate ash wednesday. he told the congregation he is stepping down for the good of the church. ash wednesday marks the beginning of lent. the church plans to have a new pope in place by easter which isth end of -- easter which is the end of lent. >>> barry bonds is due back in a courtroom in a few hours. he will ask the federal appeals court to throw out his charges. claudine wong is looking at the court documents this morning. >> reporter: pam, we are in front of the ninth circuit cut of appeals where this hearing will take place. barry bonds expected to arrive during our morning show. we are keeping an eye out for that. he is of course hoping to get this obstruction of justice charge dismissed. we'll also talk about the arguments from both sides. this has been a ten-year journey leading us here. it comes down to testimony bonds gave the jury back in 2003. about falco. bonds was asked several questions a
of their injuries. >>> new this morning pope benedict made his first public appearance since announcing he is stepping down as leader of the catholic church. the pope received a standing ovation as he entered a packed chapel to celebrate ash wednesday. stepping down for good of the church. citing his frail health. ash wednesday marks the beginning of lint. the church hoping to have a new pope by easter. >>> bay bridge toll could have a new celebration. the plan calls for a one way bridge walk on labor day weekend. there is also talk about a half marathon out there. fire works, even a concert. now the party would cost about $5.5 million. the new span is due to open to traffic on september 3rd. the toll authority will also consider that $31 million security system for the new bridge today. >>> it is now 5:38. sal, unfortunately has been covering a couple crashes. one on 680. >> and the other one on 101. you are right pam and dave. southbound 680 the traffic because of a crash here is getting thicker. leaving pleasanton for fremont southbound 680. just got the update from chp they still have
. >>> pope benedict appeared in public for the last time before stepping down tomorrow. this is new video as he addressed thousands of people. he road in the pope mobile around st. peters square. he waved to the crowd. kissed the fore heads of several babies. without going into detail he recalled moments of light and joy. and also pain and difficulty. he thanked everyone for respecting his decision to step down. >>> your time is 5:37. people in missouri are trying to recover this morning after a heavy winter storm just covered the state. in kansas the roads were so bad the snowplows couldn't even handle it. this one just fell over in a ditch. it's the weak winter storm to pound this region in less than a week. an official state of emergency was declared in kansas after ten inches of fresh snow fell yesterday. >>> some san francisco students will be able to ride muni for free. it's part of a 16 month test to see if it has any effect on the transit agent service. students must still have a clipper card and enforcement officers will hand out fear evasion tickets to those who do not have that
suffered a cracked bone in his back. >>> new revelations this morning about the health of pope benedict xvi. the vatican says the pope hit his head during a trip to mexico last march. however, the vatican denies that that accident had any relevant role in his decision to resign. yesterday, the pope took part in ash wednesday services. it was his first public appearances since the resignation announcement. on tuesday, the pope disclosed that he had a pacemaker and that the batteries had been replaced. >>> 8:02. happening now, president obama is heading to georgia to rally support for his early childhood education proposal that he unveiled in his state of the union address. this is new video of president obama boarding air force one just about one hour ago. today, the president will focus on his plans to make preschool available to more american children in programs such as headstart. after he return -- after he returns to the white house, he will take part in a fireside hangout with google plus to talk about his state of the union address. people around the country can submit question the vi
, connecticut. >>> the vatican is acknowledging for the first time that pope benedict xvi has had a pacemaker for several years. this revelation came a short time ago, one day after the pope stunned the world's 1 billion plus catholics by announcing he's resigning. the 85-year-old pope cited his age and fatigue as the reasons he's stepping down. sources say even the pope's closest associates had no idea he was planning to resign. the catholic church hopes to have a new pope in place by easter, march 31st. the vatican says the pope will have no role in what could be an historic decision. the number of catholics is declining in europe and there is a projected catholic room in asia, africa and latin america. the new pope could come from a country as far away as europe. >> up to this point, popes have been always european. but the church as a whole and the college of cardinals is becoming much more global. >> cardinals from ghana, nigeria and canada are on the top list. timothy dolan is expected the top american to become the top pope. richard mahoney will help elect the new pope. the archdiocese
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